Florida COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

Why have I not received an invitation to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment?

Mayo Clinic in Florida is receiving limited supplies of COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments are made available to qualifying individuals as COVID-19 vaccines become available to us. If you have the opportunity to receive the vaccine sooner from another health care facility, we encourage you to receive it there. The state has an online Florida vaccine locator to assist in finding open COVID-19 vaccination sites.

I have an upcoming appointment with my Mayo Clinic primary care provider. Can I receive the COVID-19 vaccine at my appointment?

At this time, Mayo Clinic is not offering COVID-19 vaccines at primary care appointments. Appointments for COVID-19 vaccine should be scheduled using Patient Online Services.

I would like the COVID-19 vaccine but am currently not a Mayo Clinic in Florida patient. Can I schedule an appointment?

We wish we were able to accommodate all who wanted the vaccine. At this time, only existing Mayo Clinic patients and family members of Mayo Clinic employees will be offered a vaccination for COVID-19 when we have adequate vaccine supplies.

I am an established Mayo Clinic in Florida patient but do not have a Mayo Clinic primary care provider. Can I schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment?

All Mayo Clinic patients who are Florida residents age 12 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration.

I want to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but do I have a choice in the brand I receive?

Vaccine supplies are allocated by the state. Mayo Clinic recommends that patients not wait for a particular brand of vaccine, as they all have been shown to be effective. If you are offered the opportunity, Mayo Clinic encourages you to be vaccinated at your earliest convenience.

I have received my first COVID-19 vaccine dose. Do I need to get the second Pfizer-BioNTech dose exactly at 21 days or the second Moderna dose at 28 days?

No. You are encouraged to get your second dose of the vaccine at the specific time indicated but you may delay that by a few days if there are scheduling constraints. Completing the second dose maximizes the immune benefits offered through vaccination.

I became infected with COVID-19 after receiving my first COVID-19 vaccine dose. Should I proceed with the second dose?

We recommend proceeding with the second dose for patients who do not have active symptoms and are out of isolation. We recommend following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines if you received monoclonal antibodies, which is waiting 90 days for the second dose.

What can I do until I receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Regardless of whether you have received the COVID-19 vaccine or not, it is important to continue to practice safe habits such as social distancing, wearing a mask properly outside your home, washing your hands frequently, and following state and local recommendations until the spread of the COVID-19 virus has stopped.

Is the vaccine safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use for the COVID-19 vaccines, including authorization to vaccinate pregnant and breastfeeding women. Mayo Clinic follows the guidelines of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, as well as independent data, which indicate that if pregnant and breastfeeding women so choose, they may be vaccinated for COVID-19. Patients are encouraged to speak with their health care providers about the benefits and risks of vaccination and consider what is known and what is not known to make an informed decision.

I want my child to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Are they eligible?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized certain COVID-19 vaccines for people age 12 and older. When vaccine supplies are available, Mayo Clinic will follow FDA and state guidelines to determine which residents are eligible to receive a vaccine.

Is the vaccine safe for those with compromised immune systems?

Vaccines can be given to people with weakened immunity, such as people with HIV or other conditions that leave them immunosuppressed. They may not get the same effective response as someone without compromised immunity. People with recent bone marrow transplantation should wait to be vaccinated until six months after transplantation to allow their immune systems to recover from the transplant.

I heard that the COVID-19 vaccine is causing swollen underarm lymph nodes that are appearing on mammography. Should I postpone my vaccine or my upcoming mammogram?

Reports of some patients developing swollen lymph nodes after a COVID-19 vaccination have raised questions about whether screening mammograms should be rescheduled due to concerns that this finding could be mistaken for a sign of a potential breast cancer diagnosis. Many vaccines can cause swollen lymph nodes under the arm where the vaccination was given. Mayo Clinic encourages women not to delay screening for breast cancer. Patients are also encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is possible, even if they’re scheduled to have a mammogram. Patients should advise their mammography technicians if they have received the vaccine and in which arm.

Can those who have had COVID-19 get vaccinated for COVID-19?

Yes. Mayo Clinic recommends vaccination for COVID-19 even for those who have had COVID-19 previously. However, those who had COVID-19 should delay vaccination until about 90 days from diagnosis. People should not get vaccinated if they are in quarantine after exposure or if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine be free?

Yes, the COVID-19 vaccine will be free. However, vaccine administration charges will be billed to insurance. We anticipate that the fee for vaccine administration will be covered by insurance at 100% and that patients and staff will not be billed for any unpaid charges. Patients and staff will need to bring their insurance cards to their vaccination appointments.

I have read the information on Mayo Clinic’s website but still have questions. Who can I call?

Please feel free to contact our Mayo Clinic Florida Nurse COVID Line at 904-956-8775 (open Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time). We are experiencing high call volumes, so please expect longer than usual wait times. Thank you for your patience.